Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is fit to face Sevilla in the Champions League this evening, manager Frank Lampard has confirmed.
The Scotland Under 21 international has not played a first team game since July when he suffered a knee injury against Crystal Palace but Lampard says the teenager is ready to make his comeback tonight:
“He’s fit now, Billy. He could probably do with some more match minutes. He’s in the squad tomorrow and it would be nice if he could get some minutes, particularly in the two games remaining in the group stage. I see him hopefully coming back at a level he was at just before he got injured. He made a great impact. There will be so much more to come from him at this club because of the talent he has. He’s got a great attitude, trains brilliantly and is looking spot-on, so he comes in to compete with the other players in that midfield area.”
Gilmour has had some action for Chelsea’s Under 23s, as well as some minutes for the Under 21s in the EFL Trophy, so he should be ready to play some part at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
It is effectively a dead rubber for the Blues as they have already qualified for the knockout stages so it is believed that Lampard will look to rotate his team, which would suggest that Gilmour will get his opportunity to build up his fitness.
The 19-year-old had become a key first-team player at the back end of last season and now that he is fit, he will be hoping to put himself back in contention to start games once again.